Friday, July 28, 2017

A New Teaching Challenge ... Teen Girls!

The first sunday in August I will leave the 10 - 12 year olds Bible class that I teach each week and start a class for teenage girls.  This will not be the first time I've taught a teenage girl's Bible class, I taught this age group for 8 years a few years ago, so I'm no stranger to this challenge.

Over the next several days I will be transforming the class room into a place of study for teen girls. 

I'll start with the door, I want it to be welcoming so I chalked this to go on the door ...  (The age group name will be added to the door as well.)

I've purchased a large print Bible for each girl ... yes large print!  We will do lots of marking and underlining and making notes in these Bibles so I wanted them to have plenty of room.  (These Bibles will stay in the classroom, the girls will not be allowed to take them home.)

I've also purchased markers, coloring pencils and assortment of other Bible marking and writing tools for the girls to use.

Yet to be purchased is a concordance and a Bible dictionary for each girl.

While we will also learn how to use their smart phones to research a topic and how to use Bible programs such as e-sword and logos, I also want them to learn how to research the old fashion way ... without electronics.

Up next, a peek inside the classroom ... after I get it done!!!

She Hath Done What She Could

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Queen Esther Class #6

We had our last 'princess' class last night ... 

... next week we will prepare for the finale where we invite the girl's family in to see and hear what they've learned.

The take home this week was invitations to the finale.

(I used things I had on hand that I had gotten on clearance at one time or another to make the invitatons.)

We finished the account of Esther by picking up with the King not being able to sleep the night of the first banquet and calling for the book of records so he could read for awhile.  The King noted in his reading that nothing had been done to reward the man who had uncovered the plot to have him killed.   He was pondering on this when Haman came to speak to him about having Mordecai hung.  The King immediately asked Haman what should be done to reward someone the King wanted to reward.  Haman, thinking the King wanted to reward him, told the King the highest honor would be to put the royal robes on the person, sit him on the King's horse and have him led through the city praising him to all.  The King thought this was an excellent idea and told Haman to do all that he had said to Mordecai.  Haman was not happy but did as the King requested.  

As soon as Haman had finished leading Mordecai through the city square, Haman was taken to the second banquet with he and the King in attendance, when the King inquired of Queen Esther what her request was, she told him that her people were going to be killed and  slaughtered.  The King was shocked and wanted to know who would do such a thing.  (I reminded the girls of Esther secret and that the King did not know that she was a Jew.)  When Queen Esther told the King that the person was Haman, the King was so upset he left the room. Meanwhile, Haman, knowing that he was in trouble, begged Queen Esther for mercy.  The King returned to the room during Haman's pleading and thought Haman was assualting the Queen.  The King ordered Haman to be hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.

The King, knowing he could not undo the law he had been tricked into making by Haman, allowed Mordecai and Esther to write a new law that would save the Jews.

That's where we ended the class and the girls were full of questions.  I answered them to the best of my ability!  I think they have really enjoyed this special summer series ... their 'princess class.'

One more thing ... I caught one of the girl's being extra kind to a visiting little girl we had in class by helping her with her workbook activity.  She was so tender with her and helpful in guiding her through the activity ... it just made my heart swell with pride.   I want to reward that kind of behavior so, she will be given the kindness badge too.

To say that I have enjoyed teaching this special summer series is an understatment! The girls were wonderful to work with and I fell even more in love with them.  I pray that something I've said or done during this series will cause them to want to learn more about our Lord.  Just like Esther, God has a plan for their lives and I hope in some small way I've helped them realize that. 


Friday, July 14, 2017

Queen Esther Class #5

We have one more class and then we'll close out this special summer series with a banquet/program.   The girls will be telling the story of Esther and sharing what they've learned with their parents and grandparents as the audience.

Our take home this week was scrolls with Esther 3:13 as the message.

We continued our lesson and picked up with Queen Esther going before the King not knowing if she would die or if the King would hold out the golden septer to her.  The girls learned that the King did indeed hold out his golden septer to her and promised to give her up to half of his kingdom before inquiring what her request was.  The Queen requested that the King and Haman come to a banquet she wanted to give for them.  The King said yes and Haman was so full of pride all he could think of was how important he must be if the Queen wanted him to come to the banquet. However, he was still thinking of how he could get rid of Mordecai ... immediately!  He even went so far as to have gallows made to have Mordecai hung!  Meanwhile, Haman goes to the banquet only to learn that the Queen's request was for him and the King to come to a second banquet. 

That's where I left the girls and told them they would have to come back next week to find out what the Queen's request was.  They moaned and groaned ... 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Queen Esther Class #4

(Notice the workbook/activity book that has a card laying on top of it?  One of the girls was having a birthday the day after this class so I prettied up a card and presented it to her.  She loved it!)

We're in our fourth week of our 'princess class' and we have pretty much established a routine.  

One of the students will open the class with prayer

We go over our memory verse (Esther 4:14) and give any of the girls that want to an opportunity to recite the verse.

We review past lessons which have the events of the story of Esther in chronological order. The girls really enjoy retelling the account, I just get them started and ask a question every now and then.

I teach the next 'thing that happened' in the account, which this week was ...

Mordecai and Esther's conversation regarding her role in possibly saving her people.  It involved her going before the King, only no one dared go before the King unless he had sent for them.  If someone did present themselves uninvited before the King and he held out the golden scepter to them they would live, if he did not, it meant certain death.  The King had not sent for Queen Esther in a month!  Queen Esther and her maidens fasted and prayed for 3 days, so did Mordecai and the Jews.  Would the King hold out the golden scepter to Queen Esther ... that's where I left them.

We sing songs

The girls choose something to work on in their workbooks

One of the girls was caught being extra kind to a younger child after Bible class so I placed a 'kindness' reward in her workbook/activity.  She doesn't know she has earned it!  I can't wait to see her reaction!

I continue to use 'speech bubble' sticky notes and write notes to the girls in their workbooks/activity books. I found the speech bubble sticky notes at the Dollar Tree about a year ago.

I also continue to take pictures each week and add them to the girl's workbooks/activity books.

The take-home for this week was of course, a golden scepter for each girl!  (Pictured in the center of the table in the picture above.  I made them out of styrofoam and my husband spray painted them gold.)